[quote=“shiyali2”]Ok, I got an APRC, non-marriage based. My oldest kid is 17, she has grown up in Taiwan most of her life. As far as I understand once she hits 20, she looses her residency right and then what? …
Is there no legal provision for children of residents who grow up in Taiwan for all or most of their life and then suddenly have less rights than a tourist once they turn 20? Seems strange to me.
Can anyone shed some light on this or suggest a course of action?[/quote]
As Chairman of the National Network of Foreign Spouses I can tell you that our group argued with the government about this for many years.
At the age of 20, your son/daughter will be considered an adult, and hence must have his/her own “purpose of residency,” i.e. they cannot be dependent on mommy or daddy.
It seems to me that the logical course of action is to apply for the child’s permanent residency a few months before his/her twentieth birthday. Have you considered such a strategy?
Yes, it is true that with permanent residency one must stay in the Taiwan area 183 days or more per year. But, if the child later goes to school overseas, he/she can use the official school paperwork to apply for a “leave of absence” for the periods outside of Taiwan, and during those years when it is not possible to meet the 183-day physical presence requirement.
In most cases, a student studying overseas will still be able to come back to Taiwan for visits perhaps two or three times (or more) per year.
(P.S. You have not stated your spouse’s nationality. I am assuming that your spouse is not a Taiwan citizen.)